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Fahrenheit 451.

Published: New York: Ballantine Books, Inc., 1953

Stock code: 94674

Price: £9,750

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First edition, first printing. Limited issue being one of 200 numbered copies signed by Bradbury and specially bound in Johns-Manville Quinterra, a form of benign but fire-resistant asbestos. The binding amusingly fire resistant, in honour of course of the eponymous temperature at which paper spontaneously combusts, sadly has almost no other redeeming qualities that would make is suitable for book binding. As a consequence, copies in as remarkable condition as the present example are deeply uncommon.

Octavo. Original white Johns-Manville Quinterra boards, titles to spine and front board in red. Not issued in dust jacket. Illustrations by Joe Mugnaini. Apart from a few trivial marks toe the binding an absolutely exceptional copy of a distinctly vulnerable production.

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